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The history of loose diamonds

Posted by thediamondreserve on September 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Diamonds have a long and storied history in our society. We have watch Marilyn sing about how Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, oohed and awed over the gem of the ocean in the Titanic and seen them on the fingers of countless celebrities. We are inundated with advertisements from television, radio and print ads about where we should go to shop for diamonds when we are ready to buy that special engagement ring for that special someone. There is so much information available out there buying diamonds, but if you look closely there is not a lot of information out there about diamonds themselves. What makes a diamond special, and why is everyone willing to pay that much for a stone? How are diamonds even made? If you were to ask a stranger on the street, chances are likely that they would have no idea about where diamonds come from. There may be a few people who know that natural diamonds are mined, much the same way that coal or gold is mined, but that would be about it. Let’s take a closer look at the origin of loose diamonds:

 

Diamonds are naturally made deep within the Earth’s crust. When they are created in the Earth, they can take billions of years to form and build up to a size large enough that they can then be mined from the upper crust of the Earth. To make a diamond, you must have four ingredients: heat, pressure, and carbon and time – lots of time. This is why the very hot center of the Earth is such a perfect place for the formation of diamonds. The heat that is needed to make a diamond is very high at a minimum of 752 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure needed to create a diamond is also very extreme at over 400,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. If you go deep into the Earth, about 100 miles deep, then these elements start being able to combine together in order to start the formation of diamonds. The area of the Earth where all of the conditions are perfect to create a diamond is known as the Diamond Crust. This is so far beneath the surface of the Earth that it is actually impossible for us to reach this area, so we have to wait until the diamonds work their way towards the surface of the earth where we can then mine them from the ground. Usually diamonds travel upwards through the help of a volcanic eruption. Since we are not able to study to natural formation of diamonds up close, we are not quite sure how long it takes for diamonds to form naturally.

 

Thanks to lab research though, scientists can reproduce an exact replica of a diamond in a lab in just 3 to 6 months. At first people shied away from lab produced diamonds because they were not considered “natural” but now they are a more popular option for loose diamond purchases because they look exactly like the original without causing any detriment to the environment.

The history of loose diamonds

Posted by thediamondreserve on September 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Diamonds have a long and storied history in our society. We have watch Marilyn sing about how Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, oohed and awed over the gem of the ocean in the Titanic and seen them on the fingers of countless celebrities. We are inundated with advertisements from television, radio and print ads about where we should go to shop for diamonds when we are ready to buy that special engagement ring for that special someone. There is so much information available out there buying diamonds, but if you look closely there is not a lot of information out there about diamonds themselves. What makes a diamond special, and why is everyone willing to pay that much for a stone? How are diamonds even made? If you were to ask a stranger on the street, chances are likely that they would have no idea about where diamonds come from. There may be a few people who know that natural diamonds are mined, much the same way that coal or gold is mined, but that would be about it. Let’s take a closer look at the origin of loose diamonds:

 

Diamonds are naturally made deep within the Earth’s crust. When they are created in the Earth, they can take billions of years to form and build up to a size large enough that they can then be mined from the upper crust of the Earth. To make a diamond, you must have four ingredients: heat, pressure, and carbon and time – lots of time. This is why the very hot center of the Earth is such a perfect place for the formation of diamonds. The heat that is needed to make a diamond is very high at a minimum of 752 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure needed to create a diamond is also very extreme at over 400,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. If you go deep into the Earth, about 100 miles deep, then these elements start being able to combine together in order to start the formation of diamonds. The area of the Earth where all of the conditions are perfect to create a diamond is known as the Diamond Crust. This is so far beneath the surface of the Earth that it is actually impossible for us to reach this area, so we have to wait until the diamonds work their way towards the surface of the earth where we can then mine them from the ground. Usually diamonds travel upwards through the help of a volcanic eruption. Since we are not able to study to natural formation of diamonds up close, we are not quite sure how long it takes for diamonds to form naturally.

 

Thanks to lab research though, scientists can reproduce an exact replica of a diamond in a lab in just 3 to 6 months. At first people shied away from lab produced diamonds because they were not considered “natural” but now they are a more popular option for loose diamond purchases because they look exactly like the original without causing any detriment to the environment.

GIA certified diamonds are authentically good diamonds

Posted by thediamondreserve on September 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

When you purchase a diamond engagement ring for the person that you love, you only want to have happy memories associated with that ring. That is why is it so important that when you purchase any kind of diamond jewelry that you make sure that you are only purchasing GIA certified diamonds that evaluate the quality of a diamond and that it is conflict free. In part, this is important because a certified diamond does several things for you as the buyer. If evaluates and details the quality of the diamonds, but it also certifies that the diamond is a conflict free diamond. Many people wonder exactly what a conflict diamond is or how they can make sure that they have not accidentally purchased one such diamond themselves.

 

A conflict diamond is a diamond that was mined and sold so that the money from the diamond could be used towards one of the civil wars that have taken place or could take place in the future in the African continent. Specifically in areas like Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo have all used the money that is made from the sales of loose diamonds to fund their militant groups and arm them to push the scales in their favor. It is hard to know exactly how much money from the sales of diamonds have gone towards funding these wars, or are considered conflict diamonds, but we do know that these wars have resulted in the deaths of over 3.7 million men women and children.

 

This seems like it would be a very moral reason for diamond dealers and jewelers to do the appropriate research to make sure that all of their diamonds are conflict free, and there are some jewelers that will proudly state that all of their diamonds are 100% conflict free. But it may surprise you to know that only about 67% of jewelry stores are openly willing to show proof that they only stock and sell conflict free diamonds. Whenever you are shopping for a diamond, if the diamonds that you are looking at are natural diamonds, meaning that they were mined and not made in a lab, you should always ask to see proof that a diamond is conflict free. Unfortunately, the diamond business is a capitalist business, so they are not always motivated to confirm a diamond is conflict free unless they are motivated by their customers to do so.

 

When you look at your engagement ring, you want to remember the joyful story of the way that your fiancee proposed, and how you felt on your wedding day. You do not want to have to wonder if people died because you purchased that diamond, or that you helped to fund a violent war. That is why you should always make sure that each and every diamond that you purchase comes certified to be conflict free. Always ask your jeweler where they get their diamonds from, and once you find a store that only sells conflict free diamonds, hang on to them and give them your business so the other jewelers will follow suit.

Engagement rings are here to stay so it???s time to start saving.

Posted by thediamondreserve on June 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The societal tradition of giving engagement rings to the person you plan on marrying has been around for countless centuries. Given that it's still done today across numerous societies and given how prevalent it is (do you know anyone that didn't wear an engagement ring before they got married?) it seems safe to assume that it's going to be around for years to come. Thus, if you ever plan on getting married to the person you're with, or if you just plan on getting married at some point in your life, then it's probably time to start saving some money.

 

Like it or not, many women and men feel that the size of the engagement ring they buy for the other or that they wear is a direct sign of how successful they've been in your life. You might say that this is a little bit shallow since just because you make more money than someone else doesn't mean you're a better person or something, but the fact still remains that it bothers people when their ring is smaller than someone else's. If you want the person you give the ring to to be proud to wear it, then you need to start saving for that ring right about now. Custom engagement rings are not cheap. You're going to be spending at least many hundreds of dollars if not thousands of dollars. If you want to be able to jump on the opportunity when you meet the right person or if you want to not be broke when you finally buy an engagement ring, then you should set up a bank account that you put money in so you won't have to worry about it.

 

Even if you know that the person you're going to ask doesn't care about the size of the ring and thus you don't need to buy a huge diamond, don't you still want to get them a ring that no one else has? If you feel this way then a custom engagement ring is the way to go, but these tend to cost a little bit more money than your standard rings. When you order a custom engagement ring it means you're buying it from a store that has to specifically design that ring. Thus, because they have to put someone on the job of designing the ring and then they have to order for it to be made, it's going to end up costing you a little bit more. This is just another reason why it's such a great idea to start saving as soon as you can.

 

Another reason to save for an engagement ring is because if you're getting engaged then you're also about to get married. When you marry someone, do you really want to bring a bunch of debt into the relationship? That's exactly what you'll be doing if you have to take out a loan to buy an engagement. Thus, start saving your money and buy your ring in cash from The Diamond Reserve when the time comes.

How to select a loose diamond for your custom engagement ring

Posted by thediamondreserve on January 22, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The day after Christmas, many retailers began redecorating, this time for what is advertised as the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. On February 14, many couples who did not get engaged over the December holidays or New Year’s Eve will do so. However, before that can happen, an engagement ring is traditionally purchased.

 

 

There are a number of factors that go into selecting the right ring. First and foremost is the diamond. It is the centerpiece of the ring and needs to be set and selected as such. Therefore, one should not go blindly into the store and ask to see the loose diamonds or the preset engagement rings that are on hand. If you are going to spend that much money, you should do your research and know what you are looking at and for before you go out.

 

 

You should also know the lingo and that includes words like cut, clarity, carat and color. These are the most important things to have an understanding of when looking for a diamond of any type and for any piece of jewelry. When it comes to diamonds, cut refers to how well the stone reflect and disperses light. Based upon the diamond's polish and symmetry, it is given a grade of Excellent to Poor. Unless you are proposing to a gemologist, you should be fine with buying a stone that is given a grade of good or very good.

 

 

 

When one refers to the color of a diamond, he or she is actually discussing the lack of color that the stone has. The whiter the diamond, the higher the grade it is given. Color grade is done by the letters of the alphabet. The highest grade is a D. This means that the stone has absolutely no color. It is extremely rare find and is quite pricey. Most people purchase diamonds that score between G and J. That means that for the most part, color can only be seen when the stone is compared to stones with a high grade.

 

 

Diamond clarity refers to the number of imperfections in the stone. No stone is perfect and most of the imperfections that are found can only be seen under a microscope and do not affect its beauty. It is best to ask to see stones that are considered “eye clean” in order to get the best value for your money.

 

 

Finally, there is the diamond’s carat. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, not its size. In order to determine the stone’s size, you need to take into affect the distance across the top of the diamond measured in millimeters as well as its cut grade. It is possible to have a diamond of a lower carat weight, with a higher cut grade making it appear larger than a diamond with a larger carat weight and a poor cut. It is best to select a stone based upon cut, color, and clarity grade first in order to easily find loose diamonds that fits within your budget.

 

 

Once you have selected the perfect stone, you can then create the custom engagement ring of her dreams.


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